S’mores. Sweet potatoes. Rice Krispy treats. Or even just straight out of the bag. Marshmallows have long been a favorite treat of the general masses. But no one would look at a marshmallow and say, wow what a healthy snack. Even fat-free marshmallows are loaded with sugars, about 4 grams or so for a regular one, and a cup of mini marshmallows has about 29 grams of sugar. Yikes!
And let’s be real. No one is going to eat just one marshmallow and call it a day.
As we all know, too much sugar is a bad thing and can lead to weight gain and obesity. Eating marshmallows is like eating empty calories. In general foods, like marshmallows, high in sugar tend to lack any nutrients or vitamins. They fill you up, meaning you won’t be as hungry when it comes to eating other foods like vegetables, fruits, and other healthy foods.
Below are a list of health issues that typically accompany a life of eating too much sugar.
- Food addictions
- Some cancers, like pancreatic cancer
- Insulin resistance and diabetes
- Heart disease
- Dental problems, such as cavities
- Inflated cholesterol levels
You don’t want any of that stuff, right? That’s why you’ll probably be happy to hear you can eat healthy marshmallows. After tasting these, you won’t ever buy store-brought marshmallows again.
You Will Need:
- 1 1/2 tablespoon gelatin
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
How To Make:
- Grease a loaf pan with butter, or cooking spray, and cover with parchment paper. Grease again.
- In a medium sized bowl, or using a mix, mix the ¼ cup of water and gelatin together. Leave aside until it softens.
- In another ¼ cup of water mix, honey and salt together in a pot and place over medium heat. Use a thermometer to bring the mix to 240 degrees. Conversely, you can test the mixture by dropping some of it into a bowl of cold water, and when cooled, the candy should form tiny balls. You should reach your ideal temperature over medium heat in about 7 or 8 minutes.
- Remove the pot from heat when you reach the right temperature. It should resemble a syrup.
- Drizzle the syrup into your gelatin slowly and mix.
- Add the vanilla and beat for 12-15 minutes until thick.
- Dish the mixture into your greased loaf pan and set aside overnight (or at least 12 hours) until it dries.
- Cut into squares and enjoy your healthy marshmallows.
What’s even cooler is you can make a coconut and chocolate version of this yummy treat.
Coconut Version: Toast ½ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes and sprinkle onto the bottom of your loaf pan before adding in marshmallow mix. Add marshmallow mix over flakes, then sprinkle more coconut flakes on top. Enjoy.
Chocolate Version: Roll the cut marshmallow squares in cocoa powder. Enjoy.
Source: Healthy Holistic Living